Are your ankles in pain?
If you are having trouble with your ankle(s), your McKinney and Prosper, TX, podiatrists can help.
There are common ankle injuries people experience. People visit their podiatrist when they twist their ankle inward, underneath their leg, which may occur while playing sports, stepping off of a curb, missing a stair or walking on uneven surface.
Twisting or rolling your ankle can lead to sprains and fractures in the foot and ankle.
An ankle sprain occurs when one or more of your ligaments get stretched or torn. The most common ligaments that get injured are your lateral collateral ligaments.The deltoid ligaments (the inside of your ankle) or your syndesmosis (the ligament that connects the two bones of your leg just above your ankle) are less likely to be sprained.
When these ligaments are injured, you will usually develop:
What to do if you injure your foot according to your McKinney and Prosper Podiatrists:
- If you sprain your ankle and there are visible deformities to your leg, ankle or foot, you need to go to an emergency room immediately. If, however, there's no serious damage, then you should begin home therapy with PRICE treatment (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation).
- Fractures can develop at the ankle and foot. If you aren't able to put weight on the injured ankle or foot the next day, you will need to seek medical attention to make sure you aren't suffering from fractures in your foot or ankle.
- The doctors will perform a physical exam and take X-rays to evaluate the severity of your injury.
- If your podiatrist confirms there is no fracture but there's a sprain, they may supply you with a brace or walking boot to help and protect your ankle.
If you have any questions or concerns, call the podiatrists of Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX.